When our friends informed us that their wedding was going to be in Croatia I was looking forward to it, but not in a bucket-list anticipatory sort of way. The country wasn’t one of my “must-visit” destinations and only popped up on my radar after seeing it in Game of Thrones. Our itinerary didn’t even have Dubrovnik (King’s Landing!) on it as it was too far a drive from where we were. We kept mainly to the north because the wedding venue was in Porec.
I have to say that David and I were pleasantly surprised by the gorgeousness of North Croatia. It is a Mediterranean country of vast scenic beauty (which we only touched the surface of), quaint seaside towns, delicious farm/sea-to-table food, and friendly locals. We spent every day driving to different coastal towns on the map like Rovinj, Vrsar, and Porec, all of which offered up a slightly different but cohesive Croatian vibe.
The soft beautiful tones of their architecture
I instantly fell in love with the pastel colored palette of their cities and cobblestone streets. You can feel the history steeped into the towns through their homes and buildings.
The towns border the Adriatic Sea and I swear there’s something so magical about it. I swam once or twice (David was diving in as much as he could) as I didn’t want to miss out on the experience but it was a little too refreshing for this tropical flower with a water temperature of about 19C.
Now this was an unexpected treat. I’m a red wine drinker and the wine was a-mazing and affordable. Living in Singapore we often choke on the cost of a good bottle of wine (prices are indecent!). But in Croatia, a decadent wine is such good value.
Istrian olive oil
I’m a bread and butter (or oil as the case may be) girl. So I’m always in bread heaven when I’m in Europe. Croatia didn’t disappoint. The bread was always delicious and the olive oil was divine. I had no idea that some of the best olive oil in the world is actually Croatian. Apparently the Mediterranean herbs grow together with the olive trees and this gives the olives a distinctly different flavor that lends itself well to olive oil.
To be honest, since I live in Singapore I think most places we visit are good value because Singapore is always so incredibly expensive. But in Croatia you really get bang for your buck. They never joined the EU so you pay in their currency, Kuna. Food pricing is very reasonable as is wine, as I mentioned.